Statement of Fundamental Principles

The Fundamental Beliefs of this church are based solely on the King James Bible.

  • The Holy Scriptures.
  1. We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, were given by inspiration of God, contain a full revelation of his will to man, and are the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
  2. That the Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official translation used by this church. 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21.
  • The Godhead.
  1. We believe that there is one God, a personal, spiritual being, the creator of all things, omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal, infinite in wisdom, holiness, justice, goodness, truth, and mercy; unchangeable, and everywhere present by his representative, the Holy Spirit. Ps. 139:7.
  2. That there is one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father, the one by whom God created all things, and by whom they do consist; that he took on him the nature of the seed of Abraham for the redemption of our fallen race; that he dwelt among men full of grace and truth, lived our example, died our sacrifice, was raised for our justification, ascended on high to be our only mediator in the sanctuary in Heaven, where, with his own blood he makes atonement for our sins; which atonement so far from being made on the cross, which was but the offering of the sacrifice, is the very last portion of his work as priest according to the example of the Levitical priesthood, which foreshadowed and prefigured the ministry of our Lord in Heaven. Lev. 16; Heb. 8:4, 5; 9:6, 7.
  3. That the Spirit of God was promised to manifest itself in the church through certain gifts, enumerated especially in 1 Cor. 12 and Eph. 4; that these gifts are not designed to supersede, or take the place of, the Bible, which is sufficient to make us wise unto salvation, any more than the Bible can take the place of the Holy Spirit; that, in specifying the various channels of its operation, that Spirit has simply made provision for its own existence and presence with the people of God to the end of time, to lead to an understanding of that word which it had inspired, to convince of sin, and to work a transformation in the heart and life; and that those who deny to the Spirit its place and operation, do plainly deny that part of the Bible which assigns to it this work and position.
  • The Church.
  1. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11.
  2. That the autonomy of the local church should be free of any external authority or control. Acts 13:1-4; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 6:1-5; 1 Pet. 5:1-3.
  • Church Ordinances.
  1. We believe that water baptism, the act of humility (foot washing), and the Lord’s Supper are the only three Scriptural ordinances for the church in this age.
  2. That baptism is an ordinance of the Christian church, to follow faith and repentance, an ordinance by which we commemorate the resurrection of Christ, as by this act we show our faith in his burial and resurrection, and through that, of the resurrection of all the saints at the last day; and that no other mode fitly represents these facts than that which the Scriptures prescribe, namely, immersion. Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 16:16; Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12.
  3. That the ordinance of humility (foot washing) is Christ’s appointed preparation for the Lord’s Supper. It is to clear away misunderstandings and bring man out of his selfishness to the humility of heart that will lead him to serve his brother. Matt. 20:26; John 13:3-17; Gal. 5:13.
  4. That the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper was instituted to replace the Jewish Passover; this national festival of the Jews was to pass away forever. The communion service which Christ established was to be observed by His followers in all lands and through all ages. Matt. 26:26-29; Luke 22:19, 20; 1 Cor. 11:23-27.
  • Conversion/Sanctification.
  1. We believe that the new birth comprises the entire change necessary to fit us for the kingdom of God, and consists of two parts: first, a moral change, wrought by conversion and a Christian life; second, a physical change at the second coming of Christ, whereby, if dead, we are raised incorruptible, and if living, are changed to immortality in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. John 3:3, 5; Luke 20:36.
  2. That as the natural or carnal heart is at enmity with God and his law, this enmity can be subdued only by a radical transformation of the affections, the exchange of unholy for holy principles; that this transformation follows repentance and faith, is the special work of the Holy Spirit, and constitutes regeneration or conversion.
  3. That the converted Christian should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings. Lev. 19:28; Jer. 4:30; Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 1 Tim. 2:9, 10; 1 Pet. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11. 
  • Prophecy.
  1. We believe that prophecy is a part of God’s revelation to man; that it is included in that scripture which is profitable for instruction, 2 Tim. 3: 16; that it is designed for us and our children, Deut. 29: 29; that so far from being enshrouded in impenetrable mystery, it is that which especially constitutes the word of God a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, Ps. 119: 105, 2 Pet. 2:19; that a blessing is pronounced upon those who study it, Rev. 1:1-3; and that, consequently, it is to be understood by the people of God sufficiently to show them their position in the world’s history, and the special duties required at their hands.
  2. That the world’s history from specified dates in the past, the rise and fall of empires, and chronological succession of events down to the setting up of God’s everlasting kingdom, are outlined in numerous great chains of prophecy; and that these prophecies are now all fulfilled except the closing scenes.
  3. That the doctrine of the world’s conversion and temporal millennium is a fable of these last days, calculated to lull men into a state of carnal security, and cause them to be overtaken by the great day of the Lord as by a thief in the night; that the second coming of Christ is to precede, not follow, the millennium; for until the Lord appears the papal power, with all its abominations, is to continue, the wheat and tares grow together, and evil men and seducers wax worse and worse, as the word of God declares.
  4. That the mistake of Adventists in 1844 pertained to the nature of the event then to transpire, not to the time; that no prophetic period is given to reach to the second advent, but that the longest one, the two thousand and three hundred days of Dan. 8:14, terminated in that year, and brought us to an event called the cleansing of the sanctuary.
  5. That the sanctuary of the new covenant is the tabernacle of God in Heaven, of which Paul speaks in Hebrews 8, and onward, of which our Lord, as great High Priest, is minister; that this sanctuary is the antitype of the Mosaic tabernacle, and that the priestly work of our Lord, connected therewith, is the antitype of the work of the Jewish priests of the former dispensation. Heb. 8:1-5, &c.; that this is the sanctuary to be cleansed at the end of the 2300 days, what is termed its cleansing being in this case, as in the type, simply the entrance of the high priest into the most holy place, to finish the round of service connected therewith, by blotting out and removing from the sanctuary the sins which had been transferred to it by means of the ministration in the first apartment, Heb. 9:22, 23; and that this work, in the antitype, commencing in 1844, occupies a brief but indefinite space, at the conclusion of which the work of mercy for the world is finished.
  6. That God, in accordance with his uniform dealings with the race, sends forth a proclamation of the approach of the second advent of Christ; and that this work is symbolized by the three messages of Rev. 14, the last one bringing to view the work of reform on the law of God, that his people may acquire a complete readiness for that event.
  7. That the time of the cleansing of the sanctuary, synchronizing with the time of the proclamation of the third message, is a time of investigative judgment, first, with reference to the dead, and at the close of probation with reference to the living, to determine who of the myriads now sleeping in the dust of the earth are worthy of a part in the first resurrection, and who of its living multitudes are worthy of translation—points which must be determined before the Lord appears. 
  • Moral Government & the Biblical Sabbath.
  1. We believe that God’s moral requirements are the same upon all men in all dispensations; that these are summarily contained in the commandments spoken by Jehovah from Sinai, engraven on the tables of stone, and deposited in the ark, which was in consequence called the “ark of the covenant,” or testament. Num. 10:33, Heb. 9:4, &c.; that this law is immutable and perpetual, being a transcript of the tables deposited in the ark in the true sanctuary on high, which is also, for the same reason, called the ark of God’s testament; for under the sounding of the seventh trumpet we are told that “the temple of God was opened in Heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament.” Rev. 11:19.
  2. That the fourth commandment of this law requires that we devote the seventh day of each week, commonly called Saturday, to abstinence from our own labor, and to the performance of sacred and religious duties; that this is the only weekly Sabbath known to the Bible, being the day that was set apart before Paradise was lost, Gen. 2:2, 3, and which will be observed in paradise restored, Isa. 66:22, 23; that the facts upon which the Sabbath institution is based confine it to the seventh day, as they are not true of any other day; and that the terms, Jewish Sabbath, and Christian Sabbath, as applied to the weekly rest-day, are names of human invention, unscriptural in fact, and false in meaning.
  3. That as the man of sin, the papacy, has thought to change times and laws (the laws of God), Dan. 7:25, and has misled almost all Christendom in regard to the fourth commandment, we find a prophecy of a reform in this respect to be wrought among believers just before the coming of Christ. Isa. 56:1, 2, 1 Pet. 1:5, Rev. 14:12, &c.
  4. That as all have violated the law of God, and cannot of themselves render obedience to his just requirements, we are dependent on Christ, first, for justification from our past offenses, and, secondly, for grace whereby to render acceptable obedience to his holy law in time to come.
  • Civil Government.
  1. We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home, 2) the church, and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Home: Gen. 3:16; 1 Cor. 14:34; Eph. 5:22-24; Col. 3:18-25; 1 Tim. 2:11, 12; 1 Pet. 3:1-6. Church: 1 Cor. 11:2-16; Eph. 1:22, 23. State: Matt. 22:15-22; Acts 5:29; Rom. 13:1-7; Titus 3:1-2; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14.)
  2. That we must obey the state unless it requires us to act contrary to our faith at which time we must obey God rather than the state.
  • Family Institution.
  1. We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural headship of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are a heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction. Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-9; 1 Cor. 7:1-17; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4, Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; 1 Pet. 3:1-7.
  2. That men and women are equally accepted by God, both having the same rights to salvation. However, God has ordained distinct and separate functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (elders and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for ordination by the church. In addition, we believe that women have a role in the functioning of the church as well. That the older women should teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, and obedient to their own husbands. Accordingly, women are to be deaconesses, teachers, and prophetesses as God ordains them. Acts 21:9; Rom. 16:1, 2; Gal. 3:28; Eph. 5:22; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12; Titus 2:3-5.
  3. That God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. After a period of repentance, a divorced and remarried person or a divorced person may hold positions of service in the church. However, only after a longer period of a display of faithfulness can they be considered for the office of an elder. Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Mk. 10:10-12; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Cor. 5:1-13; 7:10-15; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6-9.
  4. That God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one naturally-born man and one naturally-born woman. We believe that any form of transgenderism, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex and the Biblical family institution. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1: 26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9, 10; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4.
  5. That the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one naturally-born man and one naturally-born woman for life. Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4, 5; Rom. 7:2.
  6. That all life is given by God and that an unborn fetus is a living human being created by God; that fetus is still a child. And so we have no right in any circumstances to abort the unborn child as we believe this is murder. To take the life of a child that God has given is unacceptable, unjustified and unexcused. Ex. 20:13; Deut. 27:25; 30:19; Job 10:8-12; 12:10; 31:15; Ps. 127:3; 139:13, 16; Isaiah 44:2, 24; Jer. 7:6; Amos 1:13.
  • Death and the Afterlife.
  1. That the state to which we are reduced by death is one of silence, inactivity, and entire unconsciousness. Ps. 146:4; Eccl. 9:5, 6; Dan. 12:2.
  2. We believe that the direct taking of an innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention. Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death. Thus we believe that an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder contrary to the will of God. Discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be a legitimate refusal of over-zealous treatment. Ex. 20:13, 23:7; Matt. 5:21; Acts 17:28.
  3. That allowing a patient to die by the withholding of medical interventions that only prolong suffering and postpone the moment of death is morally different from the direct taking of a life. Such withholding of medical intervention should be the decision of the patient, family of the patient, or power of attorney over the patient.
  4. That the grave, whether we all tend, expressed by the Hebrew sheol and the Greek hades, is a place of darkness in which there is no work, device, wisdom, nor knowledge. Eccl. 9:10.
  5. That out of this prison house of the grave mankind are to be brought by a bodily resurrection; the righteous having part in the first resurrection, which takes place at the second advent of Christ, the wicked in the second resurrection, which takes place a thousand years thereafter. Rev. 20:4-6.
  • The Millennial Reign.
  1. We believe that at the last trump, the living righteous are to be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and with the resurrected righteous are to be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, so forever to be with the Lord.
  2. That these immortalized ones are then taken to Heaven, to the New Jerusalem, the Father’s house, in which there are many mansions, John 14:1-3, where they reign with Christ a thousand years, judging the world and fallen angels, that is, apportioning the punishment to be executed upon them at the close of the one thousand years; Rev. 20:4; 1 Cor. 6:2, 3; that during this time the earth lies in a desolate and chaotic condition, Jer. 4:23-27, described, as in the beginning by the Greek term abussos bottomless pit (Septuagint of Gen. 1:2); and that here Satan is confined during the thousand years, Rev. 20:1, 2, and here finally destroyed, Rev. 20:10; Mal. 4:1; the theater of the ruin he has wrought in the universe, being appropriately made for a time, his gloomy prison house, and then the place of his final execution.
  3. That at the end of the thousand years, the Lord descends with his people and the New Jerusalem, Rev. 21:2, the wicked dead are raised and come up upon on the surface of the yet unrenewed earth, and gather about the city, the camp of the saint, Rev. 20:9, and fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them. They are then consumed root and branch, Mal. 4:1, becoming as though they had not been. Obad. 15, 16. In this everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, 2 Thess. 1:9, the wicked meet the everlasting punishment threatened against them, Matt. 25:46, This is the perdition of ungodly men, the fire which consumes them being the fire for which “the heavens and the earth which are now” are kept in store, which shall melt even the elements with its intensity, and purge the earth from the deepest stains of the curse of sin. 2 Peter 3:7-12.
  4. That new heavens and earth shall spring by the power of God from the ashes of the old, to be, with the New Jerusalem for its metropolis and capital, the eternal inheritance of the saints, the place where the righteous shall evermore dwell. 2 Peter 3:13; Ps. 37:11, 29; Matt. 5:5. 
  • Church Membership Practices
  1. We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward both those who are not believers, those who oppose us, and those who engage in sinful actions. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or the use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such sinful actions. Lev. 19:18; Matt. 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:9-10; 17-21; 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18.
  2. We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. Matt. 18:15-18; 1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31, 32.
  3. We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Prior to sharing the Gospel, we believe that God has counseled us to address the physical needs of the individual. The principles of health reform and the gospel medical missionary work is found in the Word of God. It is God’s design that the restoring influence of health reform and unselfish benevolence to those not of our faith is part of the last great effort to proclaim the gospel message to the world. (Gospel Commission: Matt. 24:14; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Rev. 14:6-10. Health Message: Gen. 1:29; Ex. 16:4; Lev. 11; Deut.14:2-21; Prov. 23: 1-2; Eccl. 10:17; Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19-20; 10:25. Gospel Medical Missionary Work: Is. 58: 6-10; Matt. 22:36-40; 25:31-46; Lk. 9:1-2, Lk. 10:1-9, 25-37; James 2:14-18)
  4. We believe that a tithe is one tenth of the increase we acquired and that this belongs to God and that the tithes are to be used to sustain the gospel laborers in their work. In addition to the tithes, every church member should also give freewill offerings for the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and to spread the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of this tithe and offering once the gift has been made. Gen 14:18; 2 Cor. 9:7, Mal. 3:8-12, Acts 20:35, Prov. 3:9,10; 11:24; Matt. 22:21; Lev. 27:30-32; Num. 18:24; Deut. 12:6, 11, 17; Matt 23:23.